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Measles Outbreak: NYC declares emergency, orders vaccinations in part of Brooklyn

Measles Outbreak: NYC declares emergency, orders vaccinations in part of Brooklyn”

Unvaccinated people living in certain ZIP codes in Williamsburg, Brooklyn, will have to get the measles vaccine, and those who do not comply will be issued violations and possibly fines, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, The New York Times reported.

"We can not allow this risky disease to make a comeback here in New York City", de Blasio added.

For those who need help getting the vaccine, the city has said that it will offer assistance.

Of those infected, 246 were children, NY health commissioner Oxiris Barbot said.

In New York City late a year ago, the health department ordered yeshivas and childcare centres in the Orthodox Jewish community to keep out unvaccinated students.

On Friday, a NY state judge lifted the state of emergency imposed by Rockland County that would have barred minors not vaccinated against the measles from public places. Most of these cases (more than 85%) have been in children under age 18.

In February, the Department expanded vaccination recommendations for providers serving the Orthodox Jewish community to include an early, extra dose of the MMR vaccine for children between the ages of 6 months to 11 months who live in Williamsburg and Borough Park.

Barbot cited a group of "anti-vaxxers" who are seeking to undermine the public health emergency. "They have been spreading unsafe misinformation based on fake science", Barbot said.

In an April 9 interview on WAMC with Alan Chartok, chief executive office of the Northeast Public Radio station, New York Governor Andrew Cumo said he thought the debate over parental rights to not vaccine their children against the right of the public to be protected would end up in the courts.

It is the largest measles outbreak in the city since 1991. "This is a public health emergency". At least 285 people have contracted the disease in the city since September, mostly in Brooklyn's Williamsburg neighbourhood.

That's the point of vaccines - safe ways of making people immune to infections with limited side effects.

One school that violated the mandate has been linked to more than 40 cases, the health department said.

"And it's everybody's option to do what he wants".

This comes after the city threatened to shut down religious schools and day care services in the community that allowed unvaccinated children in.

Dr. Bissasor-McKenzie told RJR News that local health teams are on the lookout, given the high number of travelers from the U.S. to Jamaica.

The reasons for the explosion of cases among members of insular, ultra-orthodox communities has more to do with their frequent contacts with Israel, which is undergoing its own measles crisis, combined with their insularity and mistrust of government.

State law requires children to be up to date on their vaccinations prior to attending school, and adolescents and college students must also be up to date on their MMR (measles, mumps and rubella) immunizations.

Non-vaccinated minors in the county were banned from public places in a bid to prevent the spread of the disease, and hundreds of people have now been vaccinated, according to authorities.

And throughout the press conference, city officials reiterated the safety and effectiveness of the measles vaccine, with the city's chief physician describing an annual national death toll that reached into the hundreds before the measles vaccine was invented.



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